PSD School Ministries
Connections
November 18, 2020
Have you recently had some really tough and troubling days? I have, and I am reminded of this wonderful "doxology" at the end of Jude.
 
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy; to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." ~Jude 1:24-25
 
Lord, grant me present joy in my service to You. Amen.
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Christ Lutheran School and Preschool, La Mesa, CA
Faith Lutheran High School, La Verne, CA
Concordia Lutheran Preschool and Childcare, Chula Vista, CA

Below are photos from Christ Lutheran School and Preschool,
La Mesa, CA:
AWC 2020 Begins Monday!
The All Workers Conference begins on Monday! 
Monday-Tuesday, November 23-24

Thank you to the 1,127 registrants!

Arizona ministry partners, please remember the time change! 
Times listed on the schedule are PST.

Last Days to Register
Click here to register for the conference. AWC registration will close this Friday, November 20, at noon. We will re-open the site for those who missed the conference but would like to watch the sessions on Monday, November 30.

Passwords
The password to enter the Monday and Tuesday Keynote and Workshop presentations is the individual email address that was entered for you as you were registered. We encourage you to log onto the Conference Hub and test your password to be sure it works. If you get an error message, either: 1) Your email address was entered incorrectly; 2) Your registration hasn’t yet been paid; or 3) You have not yet registered for the conference. Please contact Kim Violette in the district office to correct the error. The deadline for payment to receive passwords before the conference begins is Friday at noon. If there are extenuating circumstances on receiving your payment by Friday, please contact the School Ministries office.

AWC Worship
The Worship Service for the All Workers Conference will be live-streamed on Monday, November 23, beginning at 3:15 p.m. PST (4:15 p.m. in AZ). Worship will be streamed from Christ Lutheran Church in Costa Mesa, CA, led by Pastor Drew Ross with a message given by PSD President Mike Gibson. The streaming worship service will not include Holy Communion. We are encouraging churches, schools, and watch locations to safely share the Lord’s Supper together in those local settings after the conclusion of the online service. Please ask one of the local pastors to serve as the officiant. For more information, please see the Worship link on the AWC webpages at https://www.psd-lcms.org/awc-worship.

Worship Offering
This year's offering will go to help those who have been affected by disasters in the PSD. You can give using our online link, you can utilize Text-To-Give, or you can mail a check. For more information on giving in one of these three ways, please see the Worship Offering section on the Worship page of the AWC site, linked above.

Thankoffering
Administrators, about a month ago, you were sent information regarding the Thankoffering along with a collection envelope for your staff. We want to encourage you to mail to the District Office the total amount collected (one dollar per year of service, per teacher) for this important scholarship fund for future church workers. If you didn’t get your envelope or if you need more assistance, please contact the School Ministries office.

Conference Hub
The Hub is open! Take a look around to familiarize yourself with what is in store: https://www.awc2020.inspirmeetings.com/

Please notice the QR Code at the bottom of the Hub home page. This will give you access to SLIDO, which is the tool that will be utilized during the conference on Monday and Tuesday to engage interaction with attendees across the miles! Be sure to check it out so you can be connected!

Dr. John Townsend has handouts for his Keynote Session on Monday. Be sure to notice the link on his Keynote Description to download those handouts.

Sponsors and the Exhibit Hall 
A big AWC THANK YOU to our Tier Sponsors:

Tier 1: Concordia University Irvine
Tier 2: Mission India and Concordia Plans
Tier 3: LCEF and Lutheran Federal Credit Union

Be sure to stop in their "booths" and thank them for their partnership! We encourage you to spend some time with our exhibitors in the virtual Exhibit Hall. There are some new faces in there! Also, take a look at the giveaway opportunities from some of our conference exhibitors on the Welcome page. Through the individual exhibit booths you can connect to the LEA Connects Virtual Exhibit Hall. Just click on their name at the top of the page when looking at an Exhibitors booth.

#awclcms
11th Annual PSD Service Day is Today!
We pray you are having a tremendous day sharing God's love through your service to others in a variety of ways today. We'd love to see pictures of your students in action so we can share them on our Facebook page and in the next edition of Connections. Please email photos to anna.preus@psd-lcms.org. Thank you!
Praise Report from Faith Lutheran Academy and Preschool, Las Vegas
This was shared with us by Faith Lutheran Academy and Preschool in Las Vegas, NV. We praise the Lord for His work through the Holy Spirit!

On March 17th, 2020, our schools and church were closed. Like many others in our nation, we were faced with fear and anxiety, wondering what was to become of our schools and church during the pandemic. Our staff worked tirelessly to stay connected to our families, attending meetings on state protocols and regulations, and working together to give support and advice to one another. At first, we suffered disappointment knowing we would not be able to provide many of the gatherings, events, and services to our families that we normally would throughout the school year. However, our schools and church were able to continue services if not in person, via social media and the internet. As we continued to move forward, putting our trust in God and His plan, we were reminded of the blessings we had been gifted. When we were finally able to open our schools in August, we continued to serve over 650 students. We continued to look for new ways to connect with our families. One outreach was sending letters to our families with new alternatives to our Baptism Chapel. The response was amazing and we are overjoyed to be celebrating 17 baptisms today at Faith Lutheran Academy and Faith Lutheran Preschool.

Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Counting our blessings,

Pastor Craig, Senior Pastor
Diana Bartholomew, FLA Principal
Tonia Tate, FLP Director
Connections to Go on Vacation Next Week
Connections will not be sent next Wednesday, November 25, during Thanksgiving Week. We look forward to “seeing you all" at AWC! Happy Thanksgiving! We have much for which to be thankful! We are thankful for each of you!
Monthly Admissions Directors Zoom Meeting
Please mark your calendar now to join us for the December meeting of Admission Directors on Tuesday, December 8, from 1:30-2:30pm. If you haven’t been receiving the Zoom invitations, please contact Kim Violette in the School Ministries office to be sure we have your correct contact information.
Lutheran Hour Float
From Lutheran Hour Ministries:

The day it rained on our parade in recent times, was on New Year's Day 2006. Although the Lutheran Hour float riders were very wet and cold at the end of the parade, they said that they would gladly do it again!
 
On New Year's Day 2021, The Tournament of Roses will have a 2-hour TV special during the normal TV time. The Petal Pushers® are expected to be included in the segment on volunteering.
 
Petal Pusher® clothing and other merchandise continues to be available online. 
 
With most sincere appreciation for your support of this ministry,
 
Lou Marting
949 770 8420
PSD School Consultancy
We would like to remind you that School Consultancies are still available even in this time of COVID. Consultancies provide school administrators the opportunity to receive counsel on a strategic question facing their school. The administrator is able to move forward from the process with new perspectives on their challenge and a new support team to encourage them through implementation of the process outcome. Consultancies will safely be held according to state and local guidelines. For more information, a link to sign up for the process, and a testimonial video, please see the Consultancy Session Protocol on the Administrators Resource Guide page of our School Ministries website.
Prayer Requests
  • For today's District-wide Service Day, that it was a blessing to all those involved.
  • For those attending the All Workers Conference, that the Spirit of the Lord and His power will be in this conference.
  • For those leading the AWC – the virtual platform and tech team, the keynote speakers, the workshop presenters, and the worship team.
  • Praise and thanks to God for the AWC planning team.
  • Thanksgiving for the schools and churches who are AWC host sites, and safety for those who must travel.
  • For the planning and preparation of the All Workers Conference. We are looking forward to a wonderful conference!
  • For a blessed Thanksgiving for you, your family, your students, and your school. We have so much for which to be thankful!
  • We thank God for the birth and baptism of Peter, born to Christ, La Mesa's first grade teacher Rachel (Lamonica) Duggie and her husband, Nathan, this September. Baby Peter and his parents are thriving!

Schools we are praying for the week of November 29:
Abiding Savior Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center, Lake Forest, CA
Grace Lutheran School and Preschool, Lancaster, CA
Circle of Love Lutheran Preschool, Manhattan Beach, CA

Each week, prayers of thanksgiving and prayers for teachers, administrators, support staff, pastors, students, and families of the Lutheran schools, early childhood centers, and churches of the Pacific Southwest District are listed. To include names on the list, please send information to anna.preus@psd-lcms.org by noon on Tuesday of each week.
School Ministries, Pacific Southwest District-LCMS
1540 Concordia Drive East, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone 949-854-3232 | Fax 949-854-8140

Rachel Klitzing, Executive Director of School Ministries